Hepco&Becker Junior set
I followed this thread quite a wile because I want to buy new panniers. My main question of choice is, like Toneski (Tony): plastic vs alu. Most contributions to this thread are about different manufacturers of alu panniers but not about alu vs plastic. Well, I had experiences with the "plastic" panniers of Hepco&Becker, the "junior" set. I used them on my BMW F650 in 2001 for 8 month traveling in the Middle East and in 2004/2005 for 18 month traveling around the world. I was very satisfied with these panniers. They are light in weight, have a side lid in stead of a top lid, are easy to mount and strong. Their best feature however is the slightly curfed lid. Because of this, the pannier doesn't dig in the surface in case of accident. It is the digging in that causes most of the damage. I just have one point of critic. Once I dropped the bike and a sharp stone just hit the edge of the lid of one of the panniers. Just on that spot the pannier leaked a little bit and I cann't repair this damage. With this experience I don't know why I should opt for alu panniers, keeping in mind all the stories about deformed or torn apart alu panniers in this thread. Anyone who has an argument alu panniers above "plastic" panniers? Like to hear it!
Good travels, Mart